VOCAB LIST 16
solicit – to ask for; to seek
preclude – to prevent; to make impossible; to shut out
taciturn – untalkative by nature
immutable – unchangeable; permanent
levity – lightness; frivolity; lack of seriousness
amiable – friendly
jeopardy – danger

VOCAB LIST 17
respite – a rest; a period of relief
stoic – indifferent (at least outwardly) to pleasure or pain, ETC.
amity – friendship
lethargy – sluggishness; laziness; drowsiness; indifference
willful – deliberate; obstinate; insistent on having one’s own way
verbose – wordy; overly talkative
retract – to take back; to withdraw; to pull back

VOCAB LIST 18
ambiguous – unclear in meaning; confusing
paucity – scarcity
rescind – to repeal; to take back formally
zealous – fervent; enthusiastically devoted to something
meander – to wander slowly; like a winding river
nullify – to make unimportant
skeptical – doubting (opposite of gullible)

VOCAB LIST 19
dearth – a lack of; scarcity
stanza – a section of a poem; a verse
impartial – unbiased; neutral
objective – without bias (as opposed to subjective)
relevant – important; pertinent
candid – honest; frank
provincial – limited in outlook to one’s own small corner of the world; narrow

VOCAB LIST 20
superficial – on the surface only; shallow; not thorough
augment – to add to; to increase; to make bigger
laudable – worthy of praise
extol – to praise
heresy – an opinion violently opposed to established beliefs
vacillate – to be indecisive; to waver back and forth
alleviate – to lessen; to relieve, usually temporarily or incompletely; to make bearable